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Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

A win will clinch a playoff berth for the Oilers on Fan Appreciation Night in Edmonton

After a well-deserved night off, expect Cam Talbot back between the pipes.
After a well-deserved night off, expect Cam Talbot back between the pipes.
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Los Angeles


35-32-7, 77 points, 1.04 p/g Ranks 41-25-9, 91 points, 1.214 p/g
Central Division - 7th Pacific Division - 2nd
21st Points per Game 10th
10th Special Teams 9th
5th Shots on Goal 8th
5th Goals Against per Game 8th
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
Rogers Place

The opposing view


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Zack Kassian
Matt HendricksMark Letestu - Drake Caggiula


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

It Is Time

I'm not going to spin a lengthy yarn here, but the Oilers are going to the playoffs if they defeat the Kings tonight.  For the first time in eleven years, everyone gets to see a little sunlight with a victory tonight.  If the Oilers do the deed tonight, my Wednesday is going to be a rough one.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on the status of Matthew Benning.  Benning took a shot in the foot in Saturday's game against the Avalanche

If I'm reading McLellan right, it looks like Gryba is in the lineup tonight, and Benning next game.

The opponents are saying

That's Kings forward Jarome Iginla on his time with LA, and how his plans are unknown for next season at this time.

Iginla, 39, has four points (3-1-4) in eleven games since being traded to the Kings.

Have some of this

  • For no other reason than I love watching Connor McDavid turnstile Drew Doughty, there it is. McDavid's got 88 points (26-62-88) in 75 games.  He's got seven more to get to 100. It's only averaging just over two points per game, no sweat.
  • Looks like Matt Hendricks will be back in the lineup tonight.  Caggiula was on the right side in practice yesterday which would make Pakarinen the extra.  Look for Eric 'The Sledgehammer' Gryba to go tonight if Matthew Benning gets the night off.
  • Cam Talbot got a much needed and much deserved day off against the Avalanche.  He'll be the one starting for Edmonton tonight (37-21-8, .920 SV% / 2.40 GAA / 7 SO).  The Kings are playing the first of a back-to-back and are clinging to a tiny sliver of playoff hope.  Expect Jonathan Quick (5-3-1, .920 SV% / 2.20 GAA / 1 SO)
  • The Oilers will be without Tyler Pitlick (knee).  The Kings will be without forward Nick Shore (upper body) and defenceman Matt Greene.(back)
  • It's simple.  Win tonight, and they're in. There's no better night to do it than on Fan Appreciation Night.